EP//008 Dr. Frank Merritt - Founder of VitalityPro and Author of The 17 Hour Fast: Reset Your Eating to Revitalize Your Life
Chatting With Caveman
Inspired by his best friend’s battle with cancer, Dr. Frank Merritt has engineered The 17 Hour Fast, which offers maximum benefits from a minimum fasting method that promotes an enriching mind, body, and soul experience. Drawing on years of medical practice as well as VitalityPro research protocols developed with iconic athletes, respected nutritionists, and behavioral/exercise psychologists, The 17 Hour Fast embodies a minimum effective dose (MED) strategy, harnessing the powerful health and performance advantages of longer fasts while avoiding many of their pitfalls. The 17 Hour Fast is also carefully synchronized and choreographed with diurnal/nocturnal hormone patterns, sleep hygiene, personal growth and relationship-building techniques, and suggested training/recovery activities to create a potent combination for success. The 17 Hour Fast can help anyone: - Cut cholesterol, reduce bacterial overgrowth, and lower toxins - Start making lifestyle changes that lower body weight and BMI and reduce body fat - Improve digestive issues like IBS, fatty liver disease, and acid reflux - Boost physical and cognitive performance - Break free from habitual and boredom-related eating - Create a rich, fully engaged experience before, during, and after fasting - Achieve many of the benefits of a 48-hour fast in less than half the time, while avoiding many of the risks of more extreme fasts - Overcome food-related psychological and behavioral issues while turning destructive habits into healthy ones - Reduce sugar dependence - Achieve more restful and restorative sleep - Use fasting to strengthen work-life balance, improve relationships, and focus on helping others The 17 Hour Fast is founded on a bedrock of cutting-edge scientific data and presented in an intuitive and approachable way by Dr. Merritt and acclaimed writer Phil White (Unplugged, Game Changer, and Waterman 2.0). This book includes inspiring insights from the likes of: - Hall of Fame football coach Gene Stallings - NCAA All-American and NFL player Jeremiah Castille - Cy Young winner Barry Zito - General Mark McQueen - Writer/director Sam George - Pro surfing pioneer Randy Rarick - Athlete/coach Brandon Rager - Human performance coach and NYT bestselling author Brian Mackenzie - World champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer - Award-winning musicians Peter Furler, Mac Powell, and Jon Micah Sumrall
This week on the show we are continuing our conversation on the book, the 17-hour fast, with the co-author of the book, Dr. Frank Merritt. If you missed last weeks episode, we spoke with his co-author Phil White, about the inspiration for the book and the protocol for the 17 hour fast. Drawing on his years of medical practice, Dr. Merritt delivers the science behind the protocol, that promotes a mind, body, and soul experience. He explains the techniques and activities that will create a potent combination for success, as well as busts some of the most common myths about fasting.
A Holistic Approach to Intermittent Fasting with Dr. Frank Merritt of VitalityPro - EP077
Ali Fitness Podcast
Here in ‘The Excited States of America,’ intermittent fasting or IF is all the rage. But fasting has been around since the dawn of mankind and even plays a role in most world religions. Long before it was popular, Dr. Frank Merritt was researching the benefits of intermittent fasting and helping his best friend, Jason, experiment with an IF protocol that would extend his life far beyond the six months he had been given to live in the wake of a brain cancer diagnosis. Dr. Merritt is the founder of VitalityPro, a company dedicated to improving quality of life and athletic performance through the research and development of new, innovative health and exercise modalities, techniques and systems. In addition, he continues to practice emergency medicine in a regional trauma center, celebrating his 20th year in the field. Dr. Merritt earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and he is the co-author of The 17 Hour Fast: Reset Your Eating to Revitalize Your Life. Today, Dr. Merritt shares the story of his best friend’s battle with cancer, explaining how the experience led him to develop the intermittent fasting protocol outlined in the book. He discusses how they landed on 17 hours as the ideal duration for fasting, the pre- and post-meals that are part of the process and the holistic nature of Dr. Merritt’s approach. Listen in to understand the physical, cognitive, social, psychological and spiritual benefits of fasting and get Dr. Merritt’s advice on fasting for endurance athletes. Topics Covered [1:47] The inspiration for Dr. Merritt’s fasting protocol Best friend diagnosed with brain cancer at age 31 Ketone benefits of fasting offered ‘best bang for buck’ Lived for 7 years and continued to practice law VitalityPro fulfills promise to share info with world [9:52] The factors beyond fasting that extended Jason’s life Purpose (family, career) Best medical care and rich spiritual life [12:00] The concept of 17 hours as the ideal duration for fasting Minimum effective dose provides benefits without toxicity Build something sustainable (i.e.: 2-year benchmark) [16:19] The additional elements of Dr. Merritt’s protocol 2 specifically designed pre- and post-meals Incorporates sleep, relationships and self-reflection [21:25] The benefits of intermittent fasting Cognitive, psychological, social and spiritual Physical benefits (evident after 3 weeks) [27:13] The physical benefits of fasting Weight loss (prevent heart attack, stroke) Reduced sugar and high-fructose corn syrup intake Less strain on pancreas, other organs [33:18] Dr. Merritt’s advice for athletes Work out in fasted state ‘Demand the supply, not supply the demand’ Delay protein intake until after workout [42:02] Dr. Merritt’s goal for VitalityPro Remain students and continue to learn Encourage people to take ownership Learn More About Dr. Merritt VitalityPro Resources The 17 Hour Fast: Reset Your Eating to Revitalize Your Life by Dr. Frank Merritt and Phil White Peyton Manning ‘Retirement’ Video Books by Dr. Jason Fung
Inspired by his best friend’s battle with cancer, Dr. Frank Merritt has engineered the fasting protocol, The 17 Hour Fast, which offers maximum benefits from a minimum fast that promotes an enriching mind, body and soul experience. Drawing on years of medical practice as well as VitalityPro research protocols developed with iconic athletes, respected nutritionists, and behavioral/exercise psychologists, The 17 Hour Fast embodies a minimum effective dose (MED) strategy harnessing powerful health and performance advantages of longer fasts while avoiding many of their pitfalls. Furthermore, The 17 Hour Fast is carefully synchronized and choreographed with diurnal/nocturnal hormone patterns, sleep hygiene, personal growth and relationship building techniques and suggested training/recovery activities to create a potent combination for success. The 17-Hour Fast is founded on a bedrock of cutting-edge scientific data and presented in an intuitive and approachable way by Dr. Merritt and acclaimed writer Phil White (Unplugged, Game Changer, and Flight Plan). Today we'll dive into The 17 Hour Fast and how to get started making it a habit. In this episode you'll learn Fasting as a an effective reset button The power and accessibility of a minimum effective dose when it comes to a fast The problem with some fasts and how that affects an individual in the long term How the fast fosters accountability and sustainability Easing into the fast and coming off the fast The disadvantage of all the time on 24/7 news, social media, and outside influences and how the vacation night of the fast can keep that in check Switching from sympathetic active mode to rest and repair parasympathetic mode
The 17 Hour Fast with Dr. Frank Merritt and Phil White
BareNaked Health Podcast
In case you missed it Dr. Frank Merritt and Phil White just dropped a brand new book called the 17 Hour Fast. I had the pleasure to interview them a few weeks ago. It was awesome getting to hear all … Continued The post The 17 Hour Fast with Dr. Frank Merritt and Phil White appeared first on Bare Naked Health Podcast.